It's National Pet Day, so cuddle up with your furry friends.
Some of our pets have swishy tails, others have twitchy noses, others repeat "ribbit" over and over, and many of our favorite animals have an array of gorgeous plumage.
In summary, pets are not a "one size fits all" category, and almost every human can name a favorite animal, ranging from frogs to snakes to puppies to cats to birds and beyond.
However, there is one day that is big enough for all of the beasties when it comes to arranging joyous occasions that highlight the sweethearts who share our homes: Valentine's Day. It's April 11th, also known as National Pet Day.
Of course, you may prefer to honor your rabbit, hamster, horse, or lizard on their special day, such as their birthday or a day dedicated to their breed or genus (indeed, there are national holidays for several animals, from World Turtle Day on May 23 to National Guinea Pig Day on July 16).
But April 11 is certainly deserving of a mention, and setting aside time for your tortoise or lavishing attention on your dog seems like the right thing to do (though you surely make time for your best friends each and every day of the year).
Are you looking to expand your team with a critter? Allow National Pet Day to serve as motivation. From rescue groups to LA Animal Services, there are plenty of places looking for attractive rabbits, rodents, dogs, and felines.
LA Animal Services also offers a variety of seminars to assist pet owners, like the Rabbit Roundtable, which will be held on April 20.
And what's up at the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista on the last day of April 2022? There's a Critter Companion Adoption Event, which focuses on a variety of lovely animals, from birds to reptiles, with a furry and feathery focus.
On April 11 and every other day, our pets hold our hearts with their meows, squawks, croaks, and hisses.
It's as simple as holding our pet close to share some sweetness with the sweetheart who governs our world by turning to our region's many animal-supporting groups for free workshops, adoption events, and fantastic recommendations.